World Cup 1954 - Hosts Switzerland

April 18, 2006
By John Brewin
With the championship returning to Europe and the Second World War still lingering in the forefront of memories, FIFA chose to base the World Cup in that most neutral of countries - Switzerland.

The Swiss had promised to build several purpose-built stadia and, though they did not quite come through with their promises, it was to be a profitable time for FIFA and the host nation.

Top box-office draw was undoubtedly a Hungarian team that had swept all before them ...

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